The Dinner Party Project: because it is dinner hour somewhere in the world
As your next party is not going to plan itself, let chef and culinary YouTube and television presenter Natasha Feldman (Nosh with Tosh) show you how it’s done with lots of flair and little drama. If you’re just getting back into home entertaining this coming summer or looking to try it out for the first time, her début cookbook, The Dinner Party Project: a No-Stress Guide to Food with Friends (Harper Collins, US$40 hardcover, or US$16·99 e-book) goes beyond being a collection of user-friendly Californian and European recipes. It’s a book for all seasons and occasions, with organizing flow charts, tips, and tricks on planning a get-together of any size.
In late April, Natasha showed local LA taste-makers and others how an outdoor dinner party could be achieved with maximum “wow” and surprising ease at Gjusta, a fashionable Venice, Calif. bakery–home emporium–event space hybrid tailor-made for the occasion. The soirée included impeccable charcuterie trays, some of her appetizer and main course recipes (i.e. ridiculously smooth and hilariously easy hummus; radishes dipped in fennel honey butter; smoked paprika potato crisps with aioli; spiced herby yoghurt sauce; lemony paprika lentil soup), market and chopped salads with local produce, brisket, and more.
At the recent event at Gjusta, we could also see in action planning her innovative ideas come to life, including her ‘What Should I Make for Dinner?’ flowchart, detailed and colour-coded timeline outlining what to prepare in the weeks and days leading up to the dinner party, and themed menus consisting of recipes within the book.
To party-plan like a rock star, as Natasha did, you can purchase The Dinner Party Project: A No-Stress Guide to Food with Friends through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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